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Ingólfshöfði Puffin Tour

Birdwatching and History Trip

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  • Tractor-drawn 

    hay cart ride

  • Guided walk

  • Sightseeing

  • Bird watching

  • 99% chances to see puffins from 10th May until 20th August. 


2 1/2 hour

Hay cart ride takes 25 -30 min each way


1 1/2 hour guided walk on Ingólfshöfði nature reserve



Easy but hiking 2 - 3 km involved, the first part up a steep sand slope

Season: Early May to late August

Mondays - Saturdays


Departure times:

see calendar below

Please note, we will go on departures that have some bookings. If nobody is booked the departure is not guaranteed.

Meeting place:

Ingólfshöfði Check in Hut 2 km south of main road

9.500 ISK

2 1/2 hours

 Kids 8-16 years old 2.750

Free for younger children

Cape Ingolfshofdi is an isolated headland on the coast half way between Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Park and Jökulsárlón ice lagoon. This historical nature reserve is home of thousands of nesting seabirds, like puffins and great skuas. The cape is named after the first settler of Iceland, Ingolfur Arnarson, who spent his first winter in Iceland there in the year 874 AD.

To get to Ingólfshöfði we cross 6 km of waters, marshes, and sands in a tractor-drawn hay cart. The drive takes about 25-30 minutes each way, so we spend about 1 1/2 hour hiking around the cape. The tractor driver from the nearby farm becomes the tour guide, tells stories and explains the birdlife, and leads the guests safely through the nesting grounds on the cape.

The circle we hike around the nature reserve is 2-3 km long. In the beginning we need to walk up a steep sand slope, and then through rocky terrain, but then it gets easier, mostly hiking on flat grassland and we make many stops along the way. We don't recommend that people participate in this trip unless they can do this hike.


Check out our photo gallery to see more what the trip is about


Be careful to bring good outdoor clothing for this trip, the area is exposed to winds and rain, and sometimes sand storms. Perfect trip to try out your gore-tex outfit and gloves and hats, but on the other hand, sometimes it is possible to wear shorts and t-shirts on the trip. The Icelandic weather is included in the Ingólfshöfði Puffin Tour :-)

Booking Calendar

ÖRÆFAFERÐIR - FromCoastToMountains - - GSM +354 8940894

Kt. (ID) 521203-3310  -  VSK nr. (VAT no.) 81705  -  Postal Address: Oraefaferdir - Fagurholsmyri - 785 Oraefi - Iceland

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